A Florida Cop Ticketed A Black Man For Walking Without His ID
A Florida police officer made up a law to ticket a black man for walking without his ID.
In a report from the Miami Herald, 21-year-old Devonte Shipman and a friend were confronted by Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Officer J.S. Bolen for jaywalking (the incident was video recorded by Shipman) on June 20. Bolen tells Shipman that he is stopping him for jaywalking which is a $65 fine and then asks Shipman for his ID. Upon telling Bolen that he does not have it, the police officer reportedly “snapped.”
“That’s another infraction,” Bolen said. “In the state of Florida, you have to have an ID card on you identifying who you are or I can detain you for seven hours until I figure out who you are.”
However, it turns out that such a law does not exist in Florida. Florida Statute 322.15 requires licensed drivers to always have their licenses when driving and can incur a $136 fine if they do not, but the same law does not apply to someone walking without a license.
Ultimately, Bolen gave Shipman a citation for failing to obey a pedestrian control signal, a $62.50 fine, and drivers license not carried/exhibited on demand (322.15), a $136 fine.
Video of the confrontation can be seen below.
COP FINED BLACK MAN FOR CROSSING IN THE CROSSWALK THE WRONG WAYFor your information, crosswalks used to help pedestrians cross the road, but now cops use them to extort, kidnap, fine or cage anyone who may dare to question an officer’s authority. For instance, recently, after crossing the crosswalk on Rogero Road, 21-year-old Devonte Shipman was approached by Florida deputies. Jacksonville Sheriff’s Deputy J. Bolen told the young man that he committed three crimes. Firstly, police claimed, he crossed the road without using the crosswalk. Secondly, the young man crossed the road while the signal displayed a “red hand.” Finally, he didn’t have his ID on him while being questioned. Thus, he must pay a $65 fine. When Shipman asked officers for a warning of a citation, Bolen detained him and threatened with arrest. There are so many serious crimes occurring in Florida, but the officer decided to fine this black man for the petty crime of jaywalking and threatened him with arrest. It seems the police departments don’t understand that ticketing mostly black people only leads to an almost irreparable distrust between black community and police. Instead of profiling black people, police should concentrate on racists who continue to maintain and perpetuate racism.
Posted by Blacktivist on Monday, June 26, 2017